Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Middlebury, VT | 2016-2017

The Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op came to VIA with a challenging wish list for the renovation and expansion of the store on Washington Street in Middlebury: increase retail space by 50%, minimize increases in energy consumption, plan for longevity and flexibility for further expansion, and maintain regular business operations during construction. VIA worked with multiple stakeholders – co-op members, staff, producers, and adjacent property owners, among others – to address the needs and concerns of a variety of users. The expansion includes a roomier produce department, new deli kitchen and cafe space, larger cheese and meat departments, increased back stock area, improved thermal envelope, and more efficient equipment. VIA, whose employees are regular Co-op customers, was pleased to play an integral role in the improvement of this widely-used community resource. Construction was completed in the fall of 2017.

Construction by Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc.

Images by Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C.